During his time at Ridley, Ward played tennis and was on the swim team and the Lower School Third Football team. He’s modest about his athletic endeavours as a student at the school—but the power of sport is something he has clearly learned to harness. No one can deny his legacy as a builder of sport within communities across Ontario.
As owner of the Aurora Tigers Junior Hockey Club, Ward watched his team clinch the 2014 Royal Bank Cup in Grande Prairie. He’s been an owning partner in the Barrie Colts since 2005 and was a founding member of the Niagara Ice Dogs.
Ward's love of sport, his passion for Niagara and his financial support made the much-needed Seymour Hannah Sports Complex a reality for the families of St. Catharines. And, notably, his philanthropy extends well beyond the sporting arena: as a long-time supporter of the St. Catharines’ Hospital, the Welland Canal Museum and the Easter Seals foundation, it’s clear that Ward’s larger goal is to make a positive difference in the world.